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Suckerpunch: Fedor vs. Werdum

Posted in MMA with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley
The MMA overload continues.  Saturday’s Fedor vs. Werdum card both tested our patience as fight fans, and turned the MMA world upside down in one single night.  Needless to say it served as an opening act so to speak for this week’s Lesnar vs. Carwin heavyweight toggle.

The most appreciated aspect of the card was….

No ex-football players or former athletes on the card.  Every participant on Saturday’s card is a full-fledged mixed martial artist.  No freak shows or guest spots which is something fight fans really appreciate.

Cung Le won and….

was there any doubt?  He was dominating his first match with Scott Smith until he ran out of gas then found himself waking up to the ceiling lights.  It’ll be interesting to see whether he grants Smith a rubber match, or now that he has avenged his loss will it give him enough satisfaction to move on?  In any case he needs to quickly make up his mind.  No more pondering.

Enough already…

and make the Erin Toughill – Cyborg Santos match.  I don’t know what was worse.  Strikeforce’s sadistic matchmaking in this case or the referee’s decision to allow Cyborg to keep butchering poor over-matched Jan Finney. There was never going to be any Buster Douglas moment for Finney in this one.  She was just the latest sacrificial lamb for Cyborg.  Strikeforce has a legitimate and potentially competitive women’s championship match on their hands with Cyborg and Toughill.  There is no reason to keep prolonging it.

The WTF Award goes to…

Fabricio Werdum for submitting the world’s best heavyweight.  Talks of retirement and never watching any film of his opponent’s fights sent off alarming signals that Fedor Emelianenko may not h ave been totally focused for this fight. He’s neither the first grand champion to make this mistake nor will he be the last.  In any case Werdum shocked the world and deserves all the credit in the world for doing what many that was impossible.  The only person probably happier than Werdum himself is Dana White.

Shogun Will Get Shown The Door By Machida

Posted in MMA with tags , , , , on October 21, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
Machida pummeled a prime and game Rashad Evans his last time out. Will Rua fare better?  Probably not.

Machida pummeled a prime and game Rashad Evans his last time out. Will Rua fare better? Probably not.

There’s an old saying that you’re not really the champion until you successfully defend your title.  The last man to do it in the UFC’s light heavyweight division was Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. That was 3 champions ago.  Since then every man after Jackson has failed to retain the title in his 1st championship defense.  That streak will be broken when current champ, Lyoto Machida, disposes of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua like last Sunday’s sale papers.

Rua is a great fighter and legend in the sport, but this is not the same “Shogun” that dazzled us in Pride.  There’s no doubt he can still fight at a high level but he got his shot by knocking out Chuck Liddell whose jaw is softer than a bowl of Jell-O these days.  Age and too many wars in the cage will do that to you.

Rua’s KO of Liddell would be more valuable circa 2005.

Rua’s KO of Liddell would be more valuable circa 2005.

I love Chuck Liddell as much as the next guy but he has been put to sleep 3 times in last 5 fights including his last 2 outings.  A win over “The Iceman” doesn’t raise your game much these days.  Had it been done 4 years ago then that would be a different story.  Today beating up Liddell really just amounts to having a famous name on your resume, nothing else.  So why Rua’s victory over Liddell constituted a title shot is beyond me.  The only logical explanation is that the UFC brass had to throw Machida a bone so he would not sit idle for too long.

This Saturday you will see the most destructive Machida yet. He is going to show the world that Rua’s title contending victory was nothing more than record padding.  It’s sad but true.

Rua’s previous 2 fights prior to knocking out Liddell:  submission loss to Forrest Griffin and a lackluster TKO win against a 44 year old Mark Coleman.  Not exactly the track record one would want before taking on one of the sport’s elite fighters.

Even so, Rua-Machida is an excellent fight because both men will bring it.  When the cage door closes anything can happen.  Rua can win the fight.  He will certainly come guns blazing.  While I can make a list of reasons of why Rua can win the fight, it doesn’t compare to the list of reasons why Machida will win the fight.

Machida will win, and then he can focus on his 4 additional desired defenses before taking on Brock Lennar.  That‘s a topic for another day though.  The bottom line for this Saturday is that the legend of Machida will grow and it will be at Rua’s expense and reputation.  That’s the fight game and that is what you can expect at UFC104.  It will be exciting…while it lasts.

UFC106 Forecast: Carwin Beats Lesnar

Posted in MMA with tags , , , , on October 19, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
For the first time Brock Lesnar will have a fair fight on his hands with his physical equal in Shane Carwin.

For the first time Brock Lesnar will have a fair fight on his hands with his physical equal in Shane Carwin.

I do not know former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir personally.  I couldn’t tell you the names of his children.  I can’t tell you what his favorite television show is and I can’t name his favorite ice cream flavor.  One thing I can tell you is we both agree Shane Carwin will defeat Brock Lesnar at UFC106.

I agree with Mir that UFC heavyweight champion Lesnar will not be able to bully the equally as large Carwin as he did with Mir.  For the first time in Lesnar’s career he will face someone as monstrous as he is.  When that natural advantage is taken away from Lesnar it will be interesting to see how he handles it.  The hulking Carwin will make things uncomfortable for Lesnar.

Gabriel Gonzaga questioned Carwin’s punching power. Then he became Carwin’s latest 1st round KO victim.

Gabriel Gonzaga questioned Carwin’s punching power. Then he became Carwin’s latest 1st round KO victim.

One thing fans love about Shane Carwin are his very heavy hands.  His wrecking ball mitts can end a fight quicker than it takes for Bruce Buffer to make his cheesy “I-will-forever-be-in-my-more-talented-brother’s-shadow” announcements.  Just ask Carwin’s opponents.  All of them have been stopped in the 1st round.  Lesnar doesn’t like to get hit.  Just watch the early moments of the 2nd round in his rematch with Mir and you can clearly see the effect on him from Mir tagging him.  Mir got Lesnar’s attention in the 1st round too although Lesnar would never admit it.  Lesnar’s body language said it all.  Carwin’s power is unforgiving and can put anyone on Queer Street.  Carwin should be regarded as the better striker.  Lesnar’s chin has never been checked before but Carwin may be the just the man to do it.

Lesnar holds an advantage on the ground as a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion.  Carwin is a Division II champion.  There’s no denying there is a difference between the two divisions but shared wrestling partners suggest there is little disparity between Lesnar and Carwin.

More and more Lesnar’s familiar advantages are slipping.  Carwin has enough wrestling credentials to suggest this fight will remain standing longer, which works to his advantage.  Not to mention he should also have good enough takedown defense to fend off Lesnar’s bull rushing attacks.

The biggest knock on Carwin is that he has never seen the 2nd round in any of his 11 fights but that is no fault of his own.

If Lesnar wants to avoid the smelling salts he’ll try to keep Carwin on the ground which may not be as easy as it was against the much smaller Mir.

If Lesnar wants to avoid the smelling salts he’ll try to keep Carwin on the ground which may not be as easy as it was against the much smaller Mir.

The chief concern regarding Carwin’s chances is the fact he continues to hold on to his primary profession as an engineer.  Brock Lesnar is a full-time fighter.  While Carwin is training around his work schedule, Lesnar’s only focus is beating Carwin.  He works towards it all day while Carwin delicately balances his cage life with his home life.

It is not uncommon for fighters to hold on to their original means of employment until their fighting careers really take off.  Although at this stage, on the verge of a championship fight, Carwin’s double dipping could lead to disastrous results.

Shane Carwin is too smart to allow that to happen.  Lesnar is the company’s cash cow these days and Carwin knows full well what knocking off the beast of Lesnar will do for his future.  Brock Lesnar made the heavyweights relevant again to fight fans and Carwin is ready to reap the benefits of it.

The odds makers have Carwin as a 2-1 underdog due to Lesnar’s advantages on paper. The savage Lesnar has everyone wondering if there is any stopping him.  His recent demolitions of Heath Herring, Randy Couture and Frank Mir are good reasons to assess that…on paper.

There is no denying what Lesnar has been able to accomplish in such a short time in the sport.  It is truly astonishing, and this post will be in the minority in saying this, but Carwin has the intangibles to upset Lesnar.  Also Lesnar’s overconfidence may very well be his undoing. The man, who was once promoted as “The Next Big Thing” in the WWE, is about to receive his next big reality check.